Leon Bailey’s injury record shows he will not see his Aston Villa career hampered by a host of lay-offs, according to Birmingham Live journalist Ashley Preece.
How long is Bailey injured for at the moment?
Villa head coach Dean Smith has suggested it is unlikely that Bailey will return to action before next month’s international break after suffering a thigh strain while scoring in the 3-0 win over Everton.
The injury comes as a blow after Villa parted with £25million to acquire Bailey’s services from German side Bayer Leverkusen.
Bailey’s arrival came just 24 hours before Jack Grealish’s British record transfer, worth £100million, to Manchester City was completed.
The 24-year-old’s switch to Villa Park also played a major role in the Midlands club being the Premier League’s fifth biggest spenders during the summer transfer window, having forked out £93million to welcome fresh faces.
But Bailey has only been able to show Villa fans what he is capable of in brief spells as he has yet to start a fixture.
However, he followed up his debut assist at Watford with a blistering strike against Everton earlier this month, helping his new employers to a comfortable victory.
What has Ashley Preece said about Bailey?
Preece does not see any reason for Villa fans to be fearful of Bailey spending extended periods of time on the sidelines.
The journalist has been in contact with numerous Bundesliga reporters since Bailey’s switch was completed and he insists injuries were not a problem for the Jamaica international while he was on German soil.
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Preece told GMS: “I spoke to a few reporters out in Germany from his time at Leverkusen.
“He didn’t really struggle with injuries there so it’s not an issue.
“He just blasted the ball as hard as he could after coming off the bench. He has injured himself doing that.”
Who could profit from Bailey’s spell on the sidelines?
Bailey scored 39 goals and grabbed a further 26 assists in 156 outings for Bayer Leverkusen, so Villa will miss his threat in the final third of the pitch.
His absence could present an opportunity to Emiliano Buendia, who has not made a Premier League start since last month despite smashing Villa’s club record transfer fee when he joined from Norwich City during the summer.
Bertrand Traore is still waiting for his first Premier League start despite making 36 appearances in the competition last season, while Anwar El Ghazi has been an unused substitute in Villa’s last three top flight fixtures.